As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
Designing your restrooms for an office, retail space, or restaurant takes more tact than it ever has before. More than just being a place to relieve oneself, a clean and inviting restroom has an impact on how customers perceive your business. It's not a negative impression you want to leave. So how can you design a great restroom? Here are four important principles to think about.
What Does Your Restroom Say About Your Hospitality?
The restroom is an extension of the excellent customer service you provide. Restrooms that are well-stocked and well cared for have a positive impact on the business. But it goes beyond that. Upgrading to premium fixtures and using more than the basic finishes for stall walls and sink receptacles is something that provides more comfort to users. And you might go above and beyond by having excellent decor or interesting features that are unique to your business. If you offer cologne or use powdered soap, those are things that guests won't be expecting and they may be a nice surprise. Having a separate diaper changing or makeup area shows forethought and consideration to customers.
How Are You Caring for the Environment?
Sustainability in plumbing fixtures is something that's being discussed more, with businesses who have sustainable fixtures being lauded and awarded LEED certifications. You could start by having low-flow toilets and aerated faucets. If you want to go as far as to incorporate rainwater into the toilets' water supply, then more power to you.
How Can You Accommodate More People?
Restrooms are often designed for the common visitor, but what about those of your visitors who need special accommodations? Aim to have their experience be just as great as everyone else's. That would mean, for example, having a space that is open enough for a disabled individual to easily access all amenities of the bathroom. It could also mean having sinks and hand dryers at varying heights to accommodate a wider variety of people.
What Is the Maintenance Cost?
In the end, cost is as important of a factor as any of the above. Only a great commercial plumbing team can help you balance the service aspects of the restroom with the sheer feasibility of it all in terms of cost. They will help you estimate the number of facilities you need as well as the amount you can spend per feature for a great design.